One of the more overlooked areas of stylish dressing is the relationship between belts and shoes. The first point to make regarding belts and shoes is that you should not actually match them, they should compliment each other. They should work together visually but not match so closely that it looks like you purchased them as a set!
A simple rule to keep in mind is that you should wear a brown belt with brown shoes and a black belt with black shoes. We will also cover tone, dress vs casual, and bright colors.
Tone will mostly apply to brown, as there are so many shades to choose from. The darker the shoe is the darker the belt should be. It is not advisable to wear chocolate brown shoes with a light brown belt. You will need to find something closer in tone. You want to create harmony in the tones of leather not conflict. Again, you want them to compliment each other.
The next point to consider is if your outfit is dressy or casual. We will look at three elements when determining this, buckle, leather type, and width. A nice, trim, shiny belt buckle says dressy. If you are wearing a suit with nice leather soled shoes this is the direction to go. If you have a belt with a buckle that looks like it was forged by a blacksmith in the Middle Ages you will want to consider wearing this with a more casual outfit like jeans. Choose your leather in much the same way as your buckle. Smooth and shiny leathers tend to be more dressy and rough or textured leathers are more casual. You also need to consider width. Generally dress belts are thinner than casual ones but be careful here as the size or width of the belt loops should also play a part in determining the width of your belt. You don?t want to put a narrow belt with a pair of pants that have wide belt loops. Your belt should fit comfortably in the loops.
The last area I want to touch on is how to select a belt when wearing shoes in bright colors like red or green. Wearing a belt in the same color will often seem like too much of a good thing. If you are wearing red shoes I can pretty much guarantee that your shoes are the focal point of your outfit and a red belt would only serve to knock your look right over the edge. Consider a brown that has some red tone to it like a caramel color or such. If your brightly colored shoes have a dark sole you may choose a belt that compliments the tones there instead of the upper.
Finally, belts are a very important but often overlooked part of a man?s wardrobe. They are another example of the attention to detail that a man must consider if he wants to be truly well dressed.
Find out how you can dry and keep your own flowers fresh from your garden by reading this article.
Have you ever stuck a flower, like a corsage from a wedding or other special occasion that you wanted to keep, in between the pages of a thick book? After awhile, when you open the book again, the flower is dried, brown in color now, and flat. This is called pressing flowers. While being pressed, the flowers dry out too. Over time, the flower will deteriorate and become hardly recognizable. This was once a popular way for people to preserve, so to speak, flowers of every sort. Nowadays drying flowers has become an art form. Dried flower arrangements can be seen in a lot of homes and businesses: they don't take much care and they stay looking nice for a long time to come.
To dry flowers, you must first choose some fresh ones. (This is the probably the easiest method of drying flowers.) The freshest will be out of your own garden, of course, picked when they are free from wetness from the rain or dew. Cut the flowers when they are still fresh--don't wait until they have bloomed or they won't preserve well. Be sure to cut off at least four or five inches of the stem along with the flower that you want to preserve so you will have a way of hanging each one.
Flowers need a good place to air dry. The best place to hang them will usually be in a closet that is warm, dry, and out of the sunlight.THe clothes rod in a closet,minus the clothes, of course, is an excellant place to hang the flowers from. If you need more space, if you have alot of flowers to dry, then you can hang additional rods from the existing one.
Now, carefully, tie the flower stems together in small bundles. Separate the flowers one from the other as much as possible so each one gets sufficient space to air dry.Hang each bundle of flowers upside down, by their stems,from the rods you have set up in the closet. Hanging them this way keeps the flowers and leaves in an upward position as they dry. This way, they won't look droopy and old. Leave the flowers undisturbed in the closet for about a week or so. You can then check on their progress. How long it will take for your flowers to dry will depend on the humidity in the closet as well as the condition of the flowers, etc. To finish preserving your flowers, you can purchase a special spray at your local craft store.It is much simpler just to mist each dried flower with regular hair spray.Hair spray works just as well, and it costs a lot less too. Be sure to let each flower dry well after spraying them before you place them in an arrangement or use them however you choose. Remember to handle the flowers with care throughout the drying process, and especially now that you have your finished products.
Dried flowers make beautiful arrangements. You can also dry some greenery to put with them in an attractive flower pot or vase. The possibilities are simply endless!
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